mr_toad wrote:msridiculous447 wrote:mr_toad wrote:It shouldn't be too shocking. They had a 13% acceptance rate last year and were STILL over-enrolled by about 30 students, had to hire additional faculty, etc. Like Cornell, Duke is not the most tempting school for many students cross-admitted with other schools. If you have Duke numbers, you are a strong contender at UM, NU, etc., and it seems that many people pick those two over Duke relatively consistently. Even Vandy seems to steal some from Duke. It seems to be what Cornell has done in the past and what other schools like USC and maybe even NU are doing this year: wait some people out until they withdraw, thus improving their yield rate. Just one more tactic in the war for USNWR supremacy/survival.
I'm confused...if they have a 13% acceptance rate and still overenrolled, where's the yield problem?
Sorry, I think I conflated two issues. In my tangent, I forget that my point was not that they're trying to increase their yield, but rather to decrease their overall class size, so in essence to maintain their yield but have it 'yield' a smaller overall number. Thanks for pointing that out. The logic in my post was a big fail; I'm surprised no one pointed it out earlier...
haha no worries...it was actually an informative post. The Duke thread always seems to be falling down the page here, especially for a T14 school. For whatever reason it just doesn't seem to be that attractive to applicants so I enjoyed the speculation as to why.